The From A to Z series lets our editors go back and take a look at games from past generations that are classics, overlooked gems, or just titles they remember fondly. The idea behind this is to pick five games from each letter of the alphabet, once a week to showcase. This delivers 26 weeks and 130 games to talk about. Hopefully it sparks some conversation, and of course plenty of memories.
Our first series will focus on Sony’s first entry into the console business, the PlayStation.
Let’s continue with the letters “U,V, and W”.
While not nearly as entertaining as its predecessor, throwing rock into the mix made UmJammer Lammy just as charming and unique. There has never really been anything like Sony’s quirky rhythm series since, and I would love for Parappa and UmJammer to do a reunion tour on the new consoles.
While not the most high profile title, Urban Chaos was one of the few games on PSOne with a sprawling open-world and intricate combat system. It was like a really early version of some of today’s most popular titles. I remember being really impressed what the team managed to do with the hardware.
Twisted Metal had a lot of copycats after its release, but few were as polished as Vigilante 8. We even recently got a version of the game on Xbox Live Arcade a few years back. I still really enjoy the more realistic vehicle controls and massive levels to play around in, but the genre is still hard to enjoy in this day and age.
This is not a good game. It was an obvious Mortal Kombat clone, even from the same publisher. The characters were terrible, the fatalities were ridiculous, but I loved playing it. Perhaps it was just how cheesy it was, or perhaps I just really love violence. Either way I loved War Gods.
Another franchise that Sony started, and is still cherished to this day. Of all the WipeOut games released though, I still think XL is king. It improved upon the original in every way imaginable, and is still yet to be topped with its plethora of sequels.
Tune in next week for the next collection of titles.